Diane Cooner (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mon, 25 May 1998 09:30:51 -0700
Greetings Craig & SANET
It is true that California requires regular reporting of pesticide
applications - monthly, in fact. The paperwork languishes at the county
offices, and it is sometimes a hassle to get access, but it is available
for the public to see. Problem is, the county ag commissioners around
here are pretty busy, and aren't particularly interested in overspray
monitoring, or even problems when they arise. I will point to Patricia
Dines' recent post about school kids in Sebastopol getting sick after a
farmer sprayed his apple orchard with about 3 different
fungicides/insecticides to combat our late, wet spring. All these kids
got nauseous, headaches, and the parents demanded a school meeting. The
principal said they were hysterical, the ag commissioner backed up the
farmer, the farmer pleaded "I was too far away to cause problems to
them" (yep, he was out there blasting his orchard on a WINDY day), and,
so far, there has been no satisfactory resolution.
You know, those kids were just pretending to be throwing up.
Diane, north and out of the wind path of Sebastopol
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